SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative Offers Training

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: January 22, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative, a partnership between Millard Fillmore College (MFC) at the University at Buffalo and Just-in-Time Resources of Calgary, Alberta, is offering online Linux training leading to the Linux Professional Institute first level (LPIC-1) certification.

LPIC-1 certification, administered by the Linux Professional Institute, is considered to be the industry standard for excellence in Linux skills and knowledge for information technology professionals.

The LPIC-1 training offered by the SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative provides the latest information on the Linux computer operating system via streamed video and online text. It allows participants to learn any time, anywhere and avoid spending time at expensive, weeklong "boot camps." The training is conducted by noted Linux expert Barry Woodbridge, who has taught computer programming for more than 20 years. The cost of the training is $295, a fraction of the cost of most training programs or consultants.

"Many of the IT managers that I have spoken with would like their employees to learn more skills to be more effective in their jobs, but cannot spare their time or talent," says Larry R. Gingrich, associate dean of MFC. "As a continuing education professional, I know that our field is moving away from seated classes to online instruction for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that course content in today's ever-changing world can be updated quickly and seamlessly via the Internet."

David Ruiter of Just-in-Time Resources points to the advantages of using the Internet to deliver the training. "With all training modules online, students can refer back to earlier lessons and refresh their memories, or scroll ahead to see what they'll need to learn for an upcoming project," Ruiter says.

Scott Lamberton, director of communications for the Linux Professional Institute, says the SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative's training program is rigorous and "will prepare the serious student to pass the LPIC-1 exam." Once a student receives LPIC-1 certification, he adds, "the possibilities are endless for helping companies work more profitably in international contexts."

For more information about the LPIC-1 training, contact MFC at 716-829-3131 or mfcadmin@buffalo.edu.